University of the Bahamas

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The University of The Bahamas (UB) is the national public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas with campuses throughout the archipelago. The main campus is located in the capital city of Nassau, on the island of New Providence.

The University of The Bahamas
MottoKnowledge, Truth, Integrity[1]
PresidentDr. Rodney Smith
Academic staff
Location, ,
Sports teamsMingoes

After more than thirty-five years of serving The Bahamas, first as a two-year institution, then as a four-year degree-granting College, the University of The Bahamas was chartered on November 10, 2016.


The University of The Bahamas has over 6,000 students and 12,000 alumni. It is one of the largest employers in The Bahamas, employing 700 faculty and staff. Seventy-six percent of the over 300 faculty (261 full-time and 96 part-time) are Bahamian.

Established in 1974 by an act of the Parliament of The Bahamas, the College of the Bahamas was created through the merger of:


COB Front Entrance
Northern Bahamas Campus

The college has three academic campuses and several teaching and academic research centres throughout The Bahamas. The Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close Campus, housing the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, are both in Nassau. The Northern Campus is near Freeport on Grand Bahama.

The Northern Campus opened in 2011 as part of a planned university community 10 kilometers east of Port Lucaya and 15 kilometers east of Freeport. Operating initially with only the first two buildings, the campus will feature classrooms, faculty offices, library, computer and science labs, bookstore, cafeteria, conference room and administrative offices. Future development includes signature buildings, student and faculty housing, specialized instructional, academic and office spaces, commercial and dining spaces and athletic facilities.

New facilities on New Providence are planned for:

  • The Small Island Sustainability Centre, housing multidisciplinary sustainability programs focusing on issues unique to small island economies
  • The Franklin Wilson Graduate Business Centre, housing The Faculty of Business, including both graduate and undergraduate Schools of Business

Satellite campuses serve students throughout the archipelago in Abaco, Andros, Exuma and San Salvador.

The college opened an agricultural location in Andros in 2014.[2]

Institutes and Research CentresEdit

The University's academic and outreach centres include:

  • The Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services
  • The Abaco Center
  • The Exuma Center
  • The COB/Cape Eleuthera Institute
  • Oral History Institute
  • Confucius Institute
  • Agricultural and Marine Science Institute (2014)

Research Centers include:

Gerace Center
Caving Research on San Salvador Island
  • The Gerace Research Centre for the Study of Archaeology, Biology, Geology and Marine Science is located on the shores of Graham's Harbour on the north end of San Salvador Island. The centre (formerly The Bahamian Field Station) is used as a base camp for over 10,000 annual scientific researcher and student expeditions. The centre is currently run by Dr. Troy A. Dexter.[3]
  • The Bahamas Environmental Research Centre (BERC), located in central Andros, opened in 1995 as a collaborative effort with George Mason University in Virginia and the people of Andros. The BERC's primary objective is to promote an understanding of current ecological issues.
  • The Marine and Environmental Studies Institute (MESI) is a multi-disciplinary research unit meeting national needs in scientific and technical research and community health. The institute was designed to build the nation's capacity for research, monitor marine and environmental resources and provide policy options for natural resource management. MESI partners with government ministries and international research institutions, provides leadership in program development in small island sustainability and provides year-round access to the unique sub-tropical ecosystems of the coastal, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass communities in The Bahamas.
  • As part of a Sustainable Science Initiative (SSI), the Poultry Research Unit carries out research and training on sustainable tropical island agriculture and supports collaboration with counterparts with similar research foci and funding. The first phase was completed in 2004 with funding from the Freedom Foundation. The initiative is located on a 6-acre (24,000 m2) site southwest of the Oakes Field Campus at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre in New Providence.[4]

Harry C. Moore LibraryEdit

Harry C. Moore Library

Opened in 2011, the 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) Harry C. Moore Library includes the law library, a 24-hour-a-day computer commons, auditorium, classrooms, media production studio, individual and group study spaces, institutional archives and exhibition spaces. The historical archives will serve as the de facto national library of The Bahamas, including the personal papers of Bahamian prime ministers. The library is named for American born Bahamian philanthropist Harry C. Moore (1913-2003).[5]


The university is governed by the Council of the University of The Bahamas,[6] chaired by Alfred Sears.[7] The day-to-day operations are overseen by the president, who is appointed by the Council.

Senior administrationEdit

Key administrative personnel include:[8]

Investiture of President Betsy Boze
  • President, Dr. Rodney D. Smith
  • Provost/Vice President Academic Affairs, Dr. Linda A. Davis
  • Vice President of the Northern Bahamas Campus, Dr. Dr. Coralee Kelly
  • Vice President for Operations, Mr. Ronnie Stevenson
  • Vice President of Finance, Mr. Ryan Antonio
  • Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Eslyn Jones
  • Vice President Institutional Advancement & Alumni Affairs, Ms. Davinia Blair
  • Vice President or Administrative Services, Dr. Marcella Elliott-Ferguson (Interim)
  • Vice President of Human Resources, Dr. Mychal Coleman
  • University Librarian, Dr. Berthamae Walker
  • Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Extension Services, Dr. Christina Nwosa
  • Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Maria Oriakhi

During her tenure at the University of the Bahamas, President Boze

  • Opened a new Northern Bahamas Campus on Grand Bahama[9]
  • New Harry C. Moore Library transformed the Oakes Field Campus[10]
  • Residence halls and the Student Union building were remodeled
  • University Transition Secretariat worked inclusively to develop a new strategic plan
  • International partnerships were developed including, for example
  • a Confucius Institute in partnership with NUIST the Nanjing University Industry Science and Technology[11][12][13][14]
  • an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 consortium grant with Free University of Belgium[15]
  • an MOU with University of London to jointly deliver an LLM program in maritime law[16]
  • Boze's fundraising efforts more than tripled the university's endowment and brought in 24 endowed scholarships[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]
  • She secured over 200 critical acres of crown land from the government including land seven parcels important for future development of residence halls and new classroom buildings.
  • To thoughtfully place future facilities, a campus master facility plan was created to guide the campus through 2030 and beyond.
  • To support student retention, multiple academic success celebrations were created and significantly expanded[28]
  • To improve morale, staff recognition, longevity and other traditions were developed or restored
  • Partnered with the Lyford Cay Foundation to sponsor a creative outreach program for at-risk 4th-12th grade students on campus
  • Partnered with the Island School to co-brand the Cape Eleuthera Institute as the University of The Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute[29][30]
  • Broke ground on the new Franklin Wilson Graduate Business Building[31]
  • Boze was an early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment for both Kent State University and the University of The Bahamas[32][33]


The University of The Bahamas typically appoints presidents to three-year terms and has had eight presidents in fifteen years.

  • Dr. Rodney D. Smith (2014-)
  • Dr. Earla Carey-Baines (2014)
  • Dr. Betsy Boze (2011–2013)[34][35][36]
  • Dr. Earla Carey-Baines (2010)
  • Ms. Janyne Hodder (2006–2010)
  • Dr. Rhonda Chipman Johnson (2005-2006)
  • Dr. Rodney Smith (2004–2005)
  • Dr. Rhonda Chipman Johnson (2004)
  • Dr. Leon Higgs (1998–2004)
  • Dr. Keva Bethel (1996–1998)


  • Dr. Keva Bethel (1982-1995)
  • Dr. Jacob Bynoe (1979-1981)
  • Dr. Kazim Bacchus (1976-1978)
  • Dr. John Knowles (1974-1976)


Some of the members of the University of Bahama's Administration and Board of Trustees, which are in entrusted with the care of the management of university affairs, have a “chequered” past.[37] The current President, Rodney Smith, was fired from the same institution in 2005 for using “another academic's material without attribution” (plagiarism) during a student Convocation. This 2005 incident of Smith's was so shocking that the then-Chairman of the Council Franklyn Wilson said that it would be a “significant error for the country” if Smith was reappointed during an institutional presidential search in 2014. One of the defenders of Smith's reappointment, former Bahamian Supreme Court Justice and current member of the Board of Trustees Ruby Nottage, claimed that the appointment process was transparent, open to public inquiry, and impartial.[38] However, Ruby Nottage herself is not free from controversy. In 1986, she and her husband were indicted by a Boston grand jury of money laundering for a notorious Boston gangster.[39]


The Oakes Field Campus

The university offers certificates and diplomas as well as associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees for 66 majors and serves over 5,000 students. In 2011, 66 percent of the graduates earned baccalaureate degrees, reflecting the change in student demand and the emergence of institution from college to university. Over 80% of entering students enroll in baccalaureate and masters programs. Pharmacy, law and other advanced professional degree programs are offered in partnership with Caribbean and U.S. universities.

UB offers degrees through eight academic units, including an institute and seven schools. Six of the schools are organized into faculties (equivalent to colleges in U.S. universities) headed by an academic dean.

The Academic Faculties (equivalent to Colleges) and their related schools are:

  • Faculty of Business
    • School of Business
  • Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Social and Educational Studies
    • School of Education
    • School of Social Sciences
  • International Languages and Cultures Institute
  • Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute


The Mingoes, as the University's athletes are known, compete nationally and internationally.


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